All 155 safe after pilot ditches jet in NYC river
NEW YORK – With both engines out, a cool-headed pilot maneuvered his crowded jetliner over New York City and ditched it in the frigid on Thursday, and all 155 on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank. It was, the governor said, “a miracle on the Hudson.” One victim suffered two broken legs, a paramedic said, but there were no other reports of serious injuries.
The US Airways bound for Charlotte, N.C., struck a flock of birds during takeoff minutes earlier at , apparently disabling the engines.
The pilot, identified as Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III of Danville, Calif., “was phenomenal,” passenger Joe Hart said. “He landed it — I tell you what — the impact wasn’t a whole lot more than a rear-end (collision). It threw you into the seat ahead of you.
“Both engines cut out and he actually floated it into the river,” he added.
In a city still wounded from the aerial attack on the World Trade Center, authorities were quick to assure the public that terrorism